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Toronto Real Estate Board Market Update: GTA Resale Housing Market Measured in September

October 3, 2008 — The Greater Toronto Area resale housing market continued at a measured pace through September, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

With 6,424 homes changing hands last month, activity in the GTA declined six per cent compared to the 6,866 sales that took place in September 2007 and declined three per cent compared to the 6,622 transactions that were recorded two years ago.

In the City of Toronto sales were less robust. The 2,546 transactions recorded last month declined 11 per cent from the 2,854 sales in September 2007 and declined five per cent from the 2,680 sales recorded in September 2006. Sales increased six per cent between September 2006 and September 2007.

“We remain concerned about the Land Transfer Tax in the City of Toronto,” said Ms. O’Neill.

In the 905 Region, the 3,878 sales recorded last month were within three per cent of September 2007’s 4,012 transactions, and within two per cent of September 2006’s 3,942 sales. Sales in this region increased two per cent between September 2006 and September 2007.

From a year-to-date perspective, the GTA resale housing market has declined 14 per cent from the 73,827 transactions recorded a year ago. To date, there have been 63,595 sales through the TorontoMLS system this year. In the City of Toronto year-to-date sales have declined 16 per cent from last year’s figure of 30,059 to 25,257 transactions this year. In the 905 Region year-todate sales have declined 12 per cent. So far this year there have been 38,338 sales in the 905

Region compared to 43,768 last year. Prices throughout the GTA however, have remained fairly stable. At $368,549, the average price of a GTA home in September has declined three per cent from $380,132 recorded a year ago.

In the City of Toronto, the current average price of $393,647 declined six per cent from the September 2007 average of $420,182. Compared to the September 2006 average of $371,682 though, prices in Toronto for September 2008 have increased six per cent.

In the 905 Region, the average price of $352,071, increased marginally from the $351,641 recorded in September 2007, and was up five per cent from 2006 September average of $333,818.

“Although the market is not as robust as it was a year ago, homeowners are continuing to see strong returns on their investment,” said Ms. O’Neill. “On average, Sellers are achieving 97 per cent of their asking price.

With the average number of days on market increasing to 36 days from to 31 days a year ago, it is taking slightly longer for homeowners to achieve a sale.

“Even with respect to sales activity, each month we continue to see a handful of neighbourhoods reporting increases compared to a year ago.”

In Scarborough East (E08) transactions increased 22 per cent compared to September 2007 based on strong sales of all housing types.

Streetsville (W19) saw an 11 per cent sales increase due primarily to strong detached home sales.

In Newmarket (N07) transactions increased 11 per cent compared to a year ago, driven mainly by strong condominium townhouse sales.

“Given that these are trying times for the world economy, in context, the Greater Toronto Area resale housing market continues to fare quite well,” said Ms. O’Neill. “From a long-term perspective, buying a home remains a sound financial decision.”

Source:  TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Board Market Update: Greater Toronto Area Resale Housing Moderate in September

The Greater Toronto Area’s autumn resale housing market began with moderate activity, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

With 2,726 sales during the first half of this month, activity has declined 16 per cent from the 3,236 recorded during same time period a year ago. Compared to the 2,913 transactions recorded during the first half of September 2006, activity has declined six per cent.

In the City of Toronto, 998 sales were recorded, which represents a 23 per cent decline from the 1,297 transactions recorded in the first half of September 2007 and an 11 per cent decline from the 1,118 homes that changed hands in 2006. However, activity increased 16 per cent in the first half of September 2007 from the same period in 2006.

In the 905 Region, there were 1,728 sales, down 11 per cent from the first half of September 2007, when 1,939 transactions were recorded and within four per cent of the 1,795 sales recorded during the same timeframe in 2006. However, activity increased eight per cent during the first two weeks of September 2007 as compared to 2006.

“Although housing activity in the GTA remains moderate, we’re continuing to see a consistent pattern, and this stability is certainly positive news compared to markets in other sectors and in other world cities,” said Ms. O’Neill.

At $366,158 the average price of housing in the GTA has increased marginally from the $364,364 recorded a year ago and is up nine per cent from $335,208 recorded in September 2006.

In the City of Toronto, the average price is $386,524 up marginally from the $384,796 recorded in the first half of September 2007 and up 12 per cent from the $343,561 average from the same period in 2006.

In the 905 Region, the average price is $354,395; an increase of one per cent from $350,698 recorded a year ago and up seven per cent from $330,005 recorded in the first half of September 2006.

“The fact that prices have held firm despite moderate activity shows that consumers regard real estate as a sound investment,” said Ms. O’Neill.

The percentage of asking price that Sellers receive for their homes has also remained consistent. The list to sale price ratio is 98 per cent, as it was a year ago.

The 26,299 properties listed for sale on the TorontoMLS system have increased 26 per cent from a year ago when 20,841 homes were available. The time that homes remain on the market has increased as well, to an average of 37 days compared to 31 days a year ago.

In a few areas though, activity heated up during the first two weeks of the month.

Transactions in Bowmanville (E17) increased 66 per cent from a year ago, as a result of strong detached home sales.

In Streetsville (W20) activity increased seven per cent compared to mid-September 2007 due mainly to semi-detached sales.

Vaughan (N02) saw a 20 per cent increased in transactions from a year ago due to strong sales of all housing types.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update: GTA Resale Housing Remains Steady Throughout Summer Months

September 4, 2008 — The Greater Toronto resale housing market closed out the last full month of summer at a steady pace, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill reported today.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) average price increased one per cent, to $364,886 when compared to last August’s figure of $361,890. Compared to the $338,192 figure recorded two years ago though, the average GTA has increased eight per cent.

In the City of Toronto the average price declined one per cent to $377,990 from last August’s $381,681. Compared to the August 2006 figure of $344,419 however, the average price in the City of Toronto has increased 10 per cent.

In the 905 Region the average price increased two per cent to $356,657 from last August’s $348,563. Compared to the August 2006 figure of $334,245 the average price in the 905 Region has increased seven per cent.

“These healthy figures substantiate that when undertaken as a long term investment, buying a home is one of the smartest financial moves you can make,” said Ms. O’Neill.

With 6,318 transactions recorded last month, sales in the GTA declined 22 per cent compared to the record August 2007 figure of 8,059. Volumes were off just nine per cent however, from the 6,976 sales recorded in August 2006.

In the City of Toronto, there were 2,437 sales in August, a 25 per cent decline from the 3,243 transactions recorded a year ago.

Compared to the 2,706 sales recorded in August 2006 though, this represents a 10 per cent decline. Sales increased 20 per cent between August 2006 and August 2007.

The 905 Region’s 3,881 sales last month were 19 per cent off the August 2007 figure of 4,816 but declined nine per cent from two years ago, when 4,270 sales were recorded.

“Despite August’s moderate sales, the 57,364 transactions that have occurred this year are within 14 per cent of the 67,146 figure recorded a year ago,” said Ms. O’Neill. “In light of the fact that 2007 was a record year, our current market can certainly be characterized as stable.”

There are currently 25,076, properties available for sale in the GTA, which represents a 31 per cent increase from the 19,145 active listings a year ago. Increased choice has resulted in properties remaining on the market for an average of 36 days compared to 33 days a year ago.

Several neighbourhoods throughout the GTA experienced increased sales activity last month compared to August 2007.

In Pickering (E13) transactions rose six per cent based primarily on strong semi-detached home sales.

In Halton Hills (W27) strong attached/row house sales activity lead to a three per cent increase in transactions overall.

Condominium apartment and detached home transactions drove Rosedale (C09) to an 81 per cent increase in overall sales.

Detached home transactions also contributed to an 11 per cent overall increase in sales in Aurora (N06).

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Board Update: GTA Resale Housing Remains Stable in August

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) resale housing market remained stable throughout the first half of this month, Toronto Real Estate Board President (TREB) Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“We’re continuing to see consistent levels with respect to sales volumes and prices,” said Ms. O’Neill. “While the numbers are more conservative than those in recent years, the stability we’re experiencing should help sustain consumer confidence as we move into the fall market.”

With 3,019 transactions in the GTA during the first half of the month, sales were down 13 per cent compared to the 3,480 sales recorded at mid-August last year, and off eight per cent compared to the 3,290 sales recorded during the same period in 2006.

In the City of Toronto, 1,192 transactions were recorded, down 15 per cent from the 1,411 sales that took place in the first half of August 2007, and off six per cent compared to the 1,269 sales that occurred in the same timeframe two years ago.

“While 2007 was a record year, it is still worthwhile to note that sales in the City of Toronto increased 11 per cent between mid-August 2006 and mid-August 2007, before the Toronto Land Transfer Tax went into effect,” said Ms. O’Neill.

In the 905 Region there were 1,827 sales to mid-month, down 12 per cent from the 2,069 transactions that took place in the same period a year ago, and off 10 per cent from the 2,021 sales recorded in the first two weeks of August 2006.

Prices meanwhile, increased compared to the same timeframe last year. The current average price in the GTA is $373,844, up five per cent from the mid-August 2007 figure of $354,088.

In the City of Toronto the average price is currently $394,563, up seven per cent from the $370,037 figure recorded a year ago.

In the 905 Region the average price is $360,325, up five per cent from the $343,210 recorded at mid-August 2007.

There are currently 26,128 active listings, up 28 per cent from the 20,365 properties available for sale a year ago. This has resulted in homes remaining on the market for a slightly longer period of 35 days compared to 32 days last August.

Several GTA neighbourhoods however, experienced brisk sales throughout the first half of this month.

In Whitby (E15) transactions increased 12 per cent compared to the same period a year ago as a result of strong detached home sales.

Detached home sales also led Aurora (N06) to a 21 per cent increase in transactions.

Streetsville (W19) saw eight per cent more transactions driven by a significant increase in the sale of attached row houses.

In Downtown Toronto (C01) transactions increased six per cent compared to mid-August 2007 as a result of strong sales in all housing types.

“It’s encouraging to see strong activity levels in pockets throughout all four corners of the GTA.” Said Ms. O’Neill.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Board Update: GTA Resale Housing Continues Steady Pace

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) resale housing market continued at a moderate but healthy pace throughout the first half of June, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

Prices continued their upward trend in the first half of this month. The GTA average price is currently $398,542, up four per cent over the $384,576 average from the same timeframe a year ago and up 11 per cent from the $358,648 recorded at mid-June 2006.

In the City of Toronto the current average price is $439,469, up three per cent over the $424,888 average a year ago and up 14 per cent over the $386,960 average in the first half of June 2006.

In the 905 Region the average price is $371,686 up four per cent from the $357,359 average a year ago and up 10 per cent from the $338,578 recorded at mid-June 2006.

In the City of Toronto 1,733 sales took place to mid-June 2008. This represents a 15 per cent decrease compared to the 2,045 properties sold a year ago but a two per cent increase over the 1,690 transactions in the first half of June 2006. A different story emerges when you compare the first half of June 2007 before the Toronto Land Transfer Tax went into effect to the same period in June 2006, a period showing a 21 per cent increase in sales.

“With 4,374 transactions in the first two weeks of this month, sales in the GTA declined 14 per cent compared to the same timeframe a year ago when 5,074 properties were sold,” said Ms. O’Neill. “However, compared to the first half of June 2006 when 4,074 properties changed hands, this month’s activity is up seven per cent.

In the 905 Region, the scenario was similar. In the first two weeks of June, 2,641 properties were sold. This represents a 13 per cent decline compared to the 3,029 homes sold in the first half of June 2007 but an 11 percent increase over the 2,384 properties sold at mid-June 2006. When you compare the first half of June 2007 to the same period in June 2006, sales increased by 27 per cent.

Certain communities including Riverdale, West Agincourt, Caledon and Richmond Hill South experienced strong activity in the first half of this month.

In Riverdale (E01) transactions increased 28 per cent compared to the first half of June 2007 driven by strong condominium apartment sales.

Condominium apartment transactions also drove West Agincourt (E05) to a 24 per cent increase in sales compared to the same timeframe a year ago.

In Caledon (W28) detached home transactions lead to a nine per cent increase in sales over the same period a year ago.

Richmond Hill South (N03) also experienced strong detached home sales, which resulted in a five per cent increase from mid-June 2007.

“With employment and interest rates holding steady and a 17 per cent increase in available listings compared to a year ago, it is an ideal time to take advantage of all that the market has to offer,” said Ms. O’Neill.

Source:  TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Board Update: Steady GTA Resale Housing Market in May

June 4, 2008 — The Greater Toronto Area resale housing market recorded 9,411 transactions in May, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

On a year-over-year basis the GTA average price increased four per cent to $398,148 in May from the May 2007 average of $382,787. Prices increased three per cent in the City of Toronto to $434,271 from $422,163 during the same period a year ago, while in the 905 Region there was a five per cent increase to $374,629 from $355,341 last May.

“Price gains show that real estate continues to be a solid investment for the consumer,” said Ms. O’Neill. “We are confident about the market because employment in the GTA continues to be strong and interest rates remain low. As long as consumers have the financial resources to buy homes and a variety of choices to manage carrying costs, the market should remain stable.”

“May’s sales figures represent a 16 per cent decline in the GTA from the record month a year ago when 11,146 sales were recorded,” said Ms. O’Neill. “More than 9,000 properties changing hands still represents considerable market activity.”

In the City of Toronto, there were 3,711 sales, down 19 per cent from last May’s 4,578 sales and down 6 per cent from May 2006. In the 905 Region, 5,700 transactions were recorded, which represents a 13 per cent decline from the 6,568 sales during the same period a year ago but up 4 per cent from May 2006.

“The Toronto Land Transfer Tax has been in effect for four months and the decline in sales has been running for the same time period,” said Ms. O’Neill. “We’re keeping a close watch on the effect of this new tax.”

Two specific areas North of Toronto experienced increased sales activity in May. In Uxbridge (N16) sales were up 10 per cent, while Stouffville (N12) saw a 12 per cent increase in sales, driven mainly by detached home transactions.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Statistics: April 2008

Below are some Charts and Graphs looking at the Toronto Real Estate Boards statistics for the month of April 2008 using information taken from the MLS and include all Toronto Districts. Within the next few days we will look at statistics for North York Condos in district C14 and some stats for the Condos on Harrison Garden Blvd.

April Number of Units Sold

Toronto Real Estate Statistics: April 2008 Units Sold

There were 9393 units sold in April, up over 2000 units over March’s total

April Average Days on Market

Toronto Real Estate Statistics: April 2008 Average Days on Market

April’s average days on market was 27.94, Down 2 days on average from March

April Sold to Asking Price Ratio

Toronto Real Estate Statistics:  April 2008 Average Selling to Asking Ratio

On average properties in Toronto sold for 98.52% of the Asking Price, the average is up marginally from March’s 98.34%.

April Average Selling Price

Toronto Real Estate Statistics:  April 2008 Average Selling Price

The average selling price for real estate in Toronto jumped almost $21,000 in April to $404,614.

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Toronto Real Estate Board May Update: GTA Resale Housing Market Moderate in May

May 20, 2008 — Moderate sales and healthy price increases continued to characterize the GreaterToronto Area resale housing market during the first half of May, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“With 4,422 sales throughout the GTA in the first two weeks of this month, activity has declined 12 per cent compared to the 5,003 homes sold during the first half of May 2007,” said Ms. O’Neill. “Prices however, continue to be strong, averaging $400,817 in the GTA, up six per cent from the $377,612 reported a year ago.”

In the City of Toronto, there were 1,734 sales, representing a 15 per cent decline from the 2,053 homes sold during the first half of May 2007 and an 11 per cent decline from 006. The average price in the 416 is $437,205, up six per cent from $412,701 a year ago.

In the 905 Region, there were 2,688 sales, down nine per cent from 2,950 a year ago but up four per cent from the same period in 2006. At $377,688, the average price is up seven per cent from the $353,192 recorded during the same timeframe in May of 2007.

Despite moderate sales overall, some neighbourhoods experienced heightened activity during the first half of May. The GTA is showing signs for a healthy 2008 compared to the diminished activity during the first quarter of 2008.

The Danforth (E03) saw sales increase 29 per cent overall compared to the same timeframe a year ago due to strong detached home sales.

Interest in detached homes also led Streetsville (W20) to a five percent overall sales increase compared to a year ago.

In the Annex (C02) transactions rose 39 per cent compared to the same period a year ago, driven by strong condominium apartment and detached home sales.

Richmond Hill South (N03) saw strong sales in most property types resulting in a three per cent increase compared to a year ago.

“In recent years, homebuyers have faced a major challenge with respect to limited selection,” said Ms. O’Neill.

“Now though, inventory is up 11 per cent compared to a year ago, which has resulted in more choice for home buyers and will a positive effect on the quality of available listings.”

A wider selection from which to choose has also resulted in increased Days on Market, which has risen to 35 from last year’s 28.

“The Greater Toronto Area offers a wide array of housing stock to fit almost any budget; I encourage anyone thinking of making a move to contact their REALTOR® to learn more about all of their options.”

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Board Commercial Update: Over 1,000,000 Square Feet Leased in April

May 8, 2008 — TREB Members reported 1,108,430 square feet of space leased through the TorontoMLS system, up four per cent over April of 2007, Commercial Council Chair Garry Lander announced today. “This figure is also up 19 per cent over the March figure of 933,299, and in fact makes April’s the best monthly performance of 2008.”

In April, the price for Industrial space (all size categories) declined six per cent to $5.43 sfn from last April’s figure of $5.76 sfn. Commercial space (all size categories) averaged $14.91 sfn, down nine per cent from last April’s $16.41 sfn.

Sales Market Highlights

In April, TREB Members recorded 58 sales of Industrial/Commercial Properties. Of these, 39 were industrial properties of all size categories, which transacted for an average of $87.04 per square foot. This compares to a figure of $101.59 per square foot from non-MLS® sources, which reported the sale of a number of unusually expensive Industrial properties in April.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Statistics: MLS District E03 East York

Today we will take a look at Toronto’s East York area real estate stats.  MLS district E03 will be featured and include stats from residential resale homes and condo sales during the month of March.  Toronto’s East York is a very popular family oriented residential area. 

East York March 2008 Average Days on Market

East York Real Estate Statistics, march 08, Days on Market

The average days on market dropped to 24.77 in march from 26.59 in February.

East York March 2008 Units Sold

East York Real Estate Statistics, March 08, Units Sold

There were 111 units sold in March.  An increase of 10 units over February and an increase of 33 since January for a total of 300 units sold in 2008. 

East York March 2008 Asking to Sold Ratio 

East York Real Estate Statistics, March 08, Asked to Sold Ratio

Homes in E03 continued to sell for over asking with sellers on average getting 102.80%  of there asking price.

East York March 2008 Average Selling Price

East York Real Estate Statistics, March 08, Average Selling Price

The average selling price for East York dropped in March to $379,786.00.  This drop could be a result of smaller homes coming onto the market.

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